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Convicted Police Killer Captured After 13 Years of Freedom

June 26, 1987

BALTIMORE (AP) _ The FBI says it has captured the last of three inmates who in 1974 fled a Tennessee prison where they were serving terms for killing two police officers.

Stephen Correlus Parker, 43, offered no resistance when arrested Thursday in northeast Baltimore, said FBI spokesman Andy Manning.

Parker, Ralph Canaday and William Garrin Allen had been sentenced to 99 years each after being convicted in the January 1968 killings of two police officers in Nashville, Tenn., Manning said.

In May 1974, all three escaped from the state penitentiary there.

Canady was arrested in April 1986 in the Hunt Valley area of Baltimore County, Manning said. He hung himself in his cell that night, Manning said.

Allen was arrested in June 1986 in Jacksonville, Fla.

A fourth man charged in the killings fled immediately after the shooting. Charles Lee Herron was a fugitive on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List for 18 years before he was captured a year ago in Jacksonville, Manning said.

Parker, who will be turned over to Baltimore city authorities, faces extradition back to Tennessee, Manning said.

The slain Nashville officers, Thomas Johnson and Charles Thomasson, were fatally wounded by a high-powered rifle as they approached a parked car.

John W. Alexander pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was eventually paroled.

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